New “Heads” And Multicultural Navigators

Prudence L. Carter

in Keepin' It Real

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780195168624
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199943968 | DOI:

Series: Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities

New “Heads” And Multicultural Navigators

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This chapter describes low-income African American and Latino students' primary social networks and discusses the so-called multicultural navigators as social capital. It explains that multicultural navigators are individuals who harvest the cultural resources both from their own ethnic or racial heritages and from the opportunities provided outside of their communities. The analysis suggests that being upwardly mobile and achievement-oriented is a necessary, but not a sufficient, condition for one to be a multicultural navigator. It contends that as social capital, multicultural navigators provide critical social ties for co-ethnic members who are less fluent or less successful in navigating mainstream expectations.

Keywords: African American students; Latino students; multicultural navigators; social capital; cultural resources; ethnic heritage; racial heritage; achievement-oriented

Chapter.  6982 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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